Shatotto intends to unearth the lost history and heritage of Bengal and recreate the missing link of its urban and rural culture. Shatotto also tries to bridge the gaps between architectural values and the current crisis of a responsible architecture, in order to generate conversation among people, communities and nature for a healthy society.
Muhammad Rafiq Azam, the principal architect of Shatotto, graduated in 1989 from Bangladesh Engineering University, Dhaka, and started the firm in 1995. His many awards in both art and architectural work include the J.K. Cement International Award, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh Design Award, first prize in the Mimar International Design Competition, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Gold Medal. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York (1998), Dhaka (1999) and Nepal (1995). Mr. Azam has participated in group exhibitions for ARCASIA, the Asian Bienniale, and the Bangladesh National and Young Artists' Exhibitions.